Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella

Was an English film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007.
British writer-director, born in the Isle of Wight, who, after writing for TV, turned director in 1990 and took the world by storm six years later with his version of The English Patient (1996), a book long thought unfilmable. Minghella's directing skills, in fact, very soon outstripped his writing abilities and, although, partly due to his meticulous preparation, his film output looks likely to be restricted to one movie every three years, he looks set for a high profile film career.He first came to prominence as a playwright, voted most promising writer of the year in 1984 by the London theatre critics. He won the best new play award two years later for Trade in Bangkok and, hoping to see it filmed, turned it into a screenplay. When nothing came of that, nor of other aborted collaborations for the cinema, Minghella decided to direct his own material and, with the help of Channel 4, did just that in 1990 with Truly Madly Deeply (1991), a romantic and funny ghost story which received huge critical acclaim. Minghella's facility with actors was already apparent: Juliet Stevenson gives a performance of great charm and is well complemented by Alan Rickman as the dead lover who returns to haunt and comfort her.Minghella then made his first Hollywood movie, Mr Wonderful (1993), which kept a fairly low profile at the box-office, despite some good reviews and sweet-natured performances from a strong ensemble cast that includes Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, William Hurt, Mary-Louisen Parker and Vincent D'Onofrio. The script had moments of weakness, which was also true of The English Patient (1996), not that this stopped this sweeping epic from becoming a world-wide blockbuster, and deservedly so, for its performances are finely crafted with loving care. So it was most appropriate that Minghella should win the Oscar for best direction, but merely a nomination for his rather wordy screenplay. The film also took the best picture award. The balding, beaming and bearded Minghella then moved forward to an adaptation of the same Patricia Highsmith novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).Source:
Waiting is part of writing. When I write the word 'waiting' by hand it even looks like 'writing.'More Anthony Minghella quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As a teenager I was obsessed with music and with writing and performing songs.More Anthony Minghella quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Once you start to realize that a film is the sum of its editing, then editing is the thing you're always looking at.More Anthony Minghella quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know you lose a lot of social skills if you're a writer. You spend too long alone. And its forced me to address that.More Anthony Minghella quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic.More Anthony Minghella quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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